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Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Solicitor-General how often members of the Crown Prosecution Service have met the family of someone killed as a result of a crime to explain their decision on prosecution, broken down by region, in each year since the inception of this initiative. [37071]

The Solicitor-General [holding answer 25 February 2002]: One of the responsibilities of the Crown Prosecution Service under the current Victims' Charter, published 1996, is to meet on request the family of someone killed as a result of a crime, to explain decisions about prosecutions.

The figures for the number of such meetings held are collated each year and published in the Crown Prosecution Service's Annual Report. They are also submitted annually to the inter-agency Victims' Steering Group, which is charged with monitoring the Charter Standards for which the respective criminal justice agencies are responsible. Monitoring of the Charter Standards began in 1997.

In 1997–98, the Crown Prosecution Service records show that 100 per cent. of requests for meetings were granted. However, further statistics for that period are not available.

In the following year, 83 requests were received and all were granted. All meetings were held, with the exception of one which was cancelled at the request of the victim's family.

In 1999–2000, 102 requests were received and 101 granted, and meetings held in all these cases. One request was refused as the person making the request was a pivotal prosecution witness in two related cases that were ongoing, and it was not considered that a meeting would be appropriate.

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In 2000–01, 118 requests were received, all of which were granted, and all meetings were held.

Figures for 2001–02 are not yet available but will be published in the forthcoming Annual Report.

A breakdown of the figures by area is as follows:

Victim's Charter monitoring—standard 9
1 April 1998 to 31 March 1999

AreaRequests for interviewNumber granted
Avon and Somerset00
Bedfordshire33
Cambridgeshire22
Cheshire00
Cleveland22
Cumbria00
Derbyshire33
Devon and Cornwall11
Dorset00
Durham00
Dyfed Powys11
Essex33
Gloucestershire00
Greater Manchester99
Gwent11
Hampshire00
Hertfordshire22
Humber00
Kent11
Lancashire33
Leicestershire22
Lincolnshire11
London1111
Merseyside22
Norfolk33
Northamptonshire00
North Wales00
North Yorkshire33
Northumbria44
Nottinghamshire00
South Wales11
South Yorkshire00
StaffordshireSee entry for West Midlands
Suffolk00
Surrey00
Sussex77
Thames Valley66
Warwickshire00
West Mercia55
West Midlands11
West Yorkshire44
Wiltshire11
Central Casework11
Total8383

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1 April 1999 to 31 March 2000

AreaRequests for interviewNumber granted
Avon and Somerset44
Bedfordshire66
Cambridgeshire01
Cheshire44
Cleveland22
Cumbria00
Derbyshire11
Devon and Cornwall11
Dorset00
Durham11
Dyfed Powys33
Essex00
Gloucestershire77
Greater Manchester88
Gwent11
Hampshire11
Hertfordshire33
Humber00
Kent11
Lancashire22
Leicestershire66
Lincolnshire11
London99
Merseyside44
Norfolk11
Northamptonshire33
North Wales66
North Yorkshire00
Northumbria11
Nottinghamshire11
South Wales00
South Yorkshire00
Staffordshire22
Suffolk22
Surrey11
Sussex76
Thames Valley22
Warwickshire11
West Mercia43
West Midlands11
West Yorkshire11
Wiltshire11
Central Casework33
Total102101


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1 April 2000 to 31 March 2001

AreaRequests for interviewNumber granted
Avon and Somerset11
Bedfordshire44
Cambridgeshire11
Cheshire33
Cleveland33
Cumbria00
Derbyshire11
Devon and Cornwall33
Dorset11
Durham33
Dyfed Powys22
Essex22
Gloucestershire33
Greater Manchester22
Gwent33
Hampshire33
Hertfordshire44
Humber00
Kent22
Lancashire22
Leicestershire44
Lincolnshire22
London77
Merseyside66
Norfolk11
Northamptonshire44
North Wales44
North Yorkshire11
Northumbria55
Nottinghamshire22
South Wales33
South Yorkshire00
Staffordshire22
Suffolk44
Surrey66
Sussex00
Thames Valley88
Warwickshire00
West Mercia55
West Midlands00
West Yorkshire55
Wiltshire11
Central Casework55
Total118118

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Solicitor-General what quality standards each Crown Prosecution Service region supports; and when registration was obtained. [35951]

The Solicitor-General [holding answer 14 February 2002]: The CPS supports the Investment in People quality standard.

All CPS areas apart from CPS London, and HQ Directorates have been recognised as meeting the Investors in People quality standard for training and development of employees.

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ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS

Correspondence

Mr. Beith: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when she will reply to the correspondence from the right hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed dated (a) 2 May and 18 July relating to representations from McCreath, Simpson and Prentice Ltd., (b) 25 May and 17 July relating to representations from Mr. Lindsay of Anglo-Scottish Pest Control and (c) 23 May and 17 July relating to Mr. Walton on the loss of income from grass park letting; [7265]

Mr. Morley [holding answer 15 October and 3 December 2001]: A response to the right hon. Member's letters of 2 May and 18 July was sent on 6 February 2002, to letters of 25 May and 17 July on 29 November 2001, and to letters of 23 May and 17 July on 1 January 2002.

Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the letter of 25 July from the hon. Member for North Shropshire concerning the importing of BSE via cattle from Poland. [12636]

Mr. Morley [holding answer 6 November 2001]: A response to the hon. Member's letter of 2 (not 25) July 2001 was sent on 5 February 2002.

Statutory Instruments

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the statutory instruments issued by her Department in the last 12 months, indicating (a) the purpose of each and (b) the cost of each to (i) public funds, (ii) businesses and (iii) individuals. [36223]

Mr. Morley: In the 2001 calendar year, DEFRA/MAFF has made 526 Statutory instruments (SIs). A full list and purpose of each instrument is available through the HMSO SI registrar, which can be found at ([email protected]).

Due to the very large number of SIs made, the breakdown of individual purposes and costings could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Regulatory Impact Assessments for regulations imposing a cost or benefit are published on the Department's website and are available in the Libraries of the House.

Entertainment Costs

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list for 1997–98 and each subsequent financial year the amount spent by (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies in respect of hotel and other similar privately-provided accommodation (i) in the UK and (ii) abroad for (A) Ministers, (B) staff and (C) other persons; if she will list the proportion of this cost incurred in respect of (x) food and (y) alcohol in

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each case; and if she will list the average cost per hotel room or similar unit of accommodation provided in each case. [34388]

Mr. Morley: The Department has only been in existence since June 2001, so does not have such historical information. Producing figures for the current year to the level of detail required would involve disproportionate cost.

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list for 1997–98 and for each subsequent financial year, including the current year to date, the amount spent by (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies on (i) food and (ii) alcohol, indicating how much was spent on guests, and how much in respect of (A) Ministers and (B) staff, broken down to show how much was provided directly by her Department and how much reclaimed. [34463]

Mr. Morley: The Department has only been in existence since June 2001, so does not have such historical information. Producing figures for the current year to the level of detail required would involve disproportionate cost.


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